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Ground Disturbance for Supervisors

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The GD 11 course is designed for the following people : planners, managers, supervisors, and employees who are or will be required to develop, plan, and implement any kind of ground disturbance. Upon successful completion of this elearning course you should be able to identify and define ground disturbance. After completion, you should be able to describe the hazards of ground disturbance, decide what permits and agreements will be required, and describe how to locate and identify underground facilities In addition, you shouldbe able to describe regulations associated with ground disturbance, describe the responsibilities for owners and ground disturbers, and describe safety requirements.


This online Ground Disturbance for Supervisors course has the same course content as a classroom delivered Ground Disturbance 201 course, which has been approved as meeting the content and delivery requirements of the “Ground Disturbance 201 Safety Training Standard” of the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), formerly the Alberta Damage Prevention Council.


This is designed for people conducting Supervisory work.


Module 1 – ground Disturbance Definitions , Words, and Terms

  • Defining ground disturbance
  • Common words and terms related to ground disturbance


Module 2 –  Responsibilities and Regulations

  • Regulations that apply to ground disturbance
  • Penalties for contravention
  • Responsibilities of each party involved in a ground disturbance


Module 3 – Commonly used Approvals, Permits, and Agreements

  • Approvals common to ground disturbance
  • Commonly used ground disturbance agreements
  • Various types of ground disturbance permits
  • Circumstances that may impact the ground disturbance permits and agreements required


Module 4 – Planning a Ground Disturbance

  • Soil types, cutbacks, and sloping according to Alberta and Saskatchewan regulations
  • Techniques that can be used to minimize environmental impacts
  • The Reclamation process


Module 5 – Stages of Ground Disturbance projects

  • Techniques for locating existing underground facilities
  • Backfill responsibilities
  • Procedures for marking underground facilities
  • Exposure process for underground facilities


Module 6 – Facility Contact and preparation

  • Historical damage to underground facilities
  • How to prepare for a contact
  • Common causes of contacts with underground facilities
  • Potential consequences of contacting underground facilities
  • Strategies for preventing contact
  • What constitutes contact with an underground facility and the procedures to follow if contact is made


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE COURSE DURATION: 3 hours is the approximate time frame to complete the program.


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS ONLINE TEST: Testing conducted throughout this online program  is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% is necessary  in order to receive a certificate of completion. If  Participants  do not succeed the first time, they are able to repeat the course twice if the pass mark is not achieved. Supplemental educational materials  necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.


GROUND DISTURBANCE FOR SUPERVISORS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION: Upon successful course marks, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. The certificate is  for 3 years from the  completion date indicated on the certificate.



This course was created us to will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities. This  includes Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems